It's only fitting that the Spectre enters the HP's Envy line. HP claims "that every ENVY laptop is crafted to surpass your expectation with the finest features and powerful technology that deliver a premium entertainment and computing experience".
There is a big difference between the Folio and the Spectre. While the HP Folio is priced around $900 the Envy 14 Spectre will have a target price of $1400. For those who prefer quality and don't mind paying for the extra features, the Spectre would be your choice.
The Spectre is a bit thicker (20mm) and a bit heavier (4lbs) than most ultrabooks. I would have to argue that you are not sacrificing much for this premium design.
Display: 14" diagonal HD+ Radiance LED backlit display in a 13.3" chassis (1600x900)
Storage: 128GB or 256GB mSATA solid-state drive
CPU: Intel Core i5 or Core i7
Memory: 4GB or 8GB of DDR3
Operating System: Windows 7 Home, Pro, or Ultimate
I/O Ports: SD card reader, 2 USB, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, MiniDisplay, and Ethernet
Battery Life: 9.5 hours
What sets the HP Spectre apart from other Ultrabooks are the additional premium features that comes standard with your laptop. Here are some key upgrades:
HP CoolSense technology can detect where you’re working and automatically adjust your PC’s cooling to prevent overheating.
HP Radiance backlit keyboard senses your approach and gradually lights up every row
Multi-touch-enabled HP Imagepad allows precise 2- and 3-finger interaction
Beats Audio system with 2 high-performance speakers and subwoofer and Integrated HP Wireless Audio
HP TrueVision HD Webcam (Skype HD capable) and integrated dual omni-directional digital microphones.
I want to note that full-versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software comes standard with your Envy Spectre. Buyers also receive a 2 year subscription to Norton Internet Security.
HP Envy Spectre Release Date: February 9th, Pre-orders are available on HP's website.